Reopening PA - Effective May 8

Parts of Pennsylvania are on the path to reopening following the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, but there is still more to do to help slow the spread of the deadly disease, especially in southeastern portion of the state.

Data show Pennsylvanians are doing better than residents of many other states by staying home to help stop the spread. We must continue this until public health officials have provided guidance that social and physical distancing are no longer necessary. As you can see in the graphic below, there are restrictions still across the state and a considerable still under the stay-at-home order.

COVID 19- Reopening Phases
What We're Doing

The curve has been flattened in Pennsylvania as a result of the orders to stay at home, however there is still much to be done to ensure public health and safety in the wake of the outbreak. The World Health Organization has warned against lifting lockdown orders too quickly and have said officials may need to again institute stay-at-home orders if there is a resurgence of the virus. Senator Hughes encourages you to follow guidelines and help prevent unnecessary spread of the coronavirus. It will take all of us working together to get through this public health crisis.

Stay up to date with the latest information on the pandemic at Please do your part to help stop the spread of the virus. Stay safe, stay at home, and don’t forget to wash your hands!

Keeping your distance can break the chain of COVID-19 infection.

Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you. 

Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19.  

Montgomery County is doing the same

Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease: 

Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath  

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.  
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor 
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Clean your hands often 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items 
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday 

For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.

Read more: CDC recommendations on getting tested for coronavirus 

Coronavirus Information Sheet - click to download.

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